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Where Sal Barajas Plays Golf
Los Angeles County; San Bernardino County; Riverside County; Palm Springs Area; Orange County; San Diego County; Ventura County; Santa Barbara County; San Francisco/North Bay Area; San Jose/South Bay Area; Oakland/East Bay Area; Sacramento Area; Fresno Area; Bakersfield Area; Monterey Bay Area; Santa Cruz Area; San Luis Obispo Area; Las Vegas Area; Mesquite/St.George Area; Phoenix Area; Western Arizona; Northern Arizona
What's in Sal Barajas's Golf Bag
TaylorMade SIM Max Driver
Callaway XR 16 Hybrid (14 degrees)
Callaway Rogue irons
Odyssey O-Works Black Marxman putter
Last Updated: August 17, 2020
Father taught me how to golf at a very young age (we used to sneak on to the local 9 after the starter left), but I stopped playing for some time until I picked it back up during college. I've been playing consistently (twice a month) for about 15 years now and I really enjoy the times I can get out. Moved to Camarillo in mid 2019 and play with the Gold Coast Golf Association anywhere in Ventura County.
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Sal Barajas's Golf Course Reviews
Played here with everyone else you read at the GK event on 9/13 on what was supposed to be the first tee time (8:05), in reality teeing off just after... » More
Played here with everyone else you read at the GK event on 9/13 on what was supposed to be the first tee time (8:05), in reality teeing off just after 8:50am getting to play again with Tim G. and meeting Wendy (abbacat) for the first time; a genuine pleasure. As alluded to by all the review before mine, course was in good summer shape, having dealt with two recent major heat waves and fires/ash/smoke in nearby Yucaipa. Won't go into much detail having a plethora of reviews to choose from if you decide to come out post aeration this next week.
-Staff was very friendly and they have no need to try and accommodate a group of GK's size on a prime Sunday morning, but they did it and with class. The accident delays on the 60 could have been a real problem for their scheduling, but instead of limiting the outing, they offered up two more spaces later if need be; that's some kind of management!
-Was nice to see the conditions were so good given how bad the last two weeks have been with those extreme heatwaves and all the resulting secondary effects of the nearby fires. Greens could have been better, but no one came in expecting December conditions in mid September.
-I loved Firecliff, but Mountain View is the "Torrey North" of Desert Willow with comparable hole selection, equal par 3's as it's big brother, and sharp teeth where it counts. Routing is a bit odd at times having to cross housing/parking, but otherwise a fine complement to Firecliff.
If you come out to play Firecliff, do yourself a favor and do what you can to try and play Mountain View as well!» Close
Played here today (9/12) as a last-minute way to extend the trip out for the GK event at Desert Willow on Sunday. Played with a fun group of guys from... » More
Played here today (9/12) as a last-minute way to extend the trip out for the GK event at Desert Willow on Sunday. Played with a fun group of guys from north O.C. who had me laughing all morning on a 7:50AM tee under somewhat greyish skies because of fires in the surrounding areas; air quality wasn't great but very playable especially early. Course conditions as Matt alluded to with the punching of greens (starter actually said today would have been three weeks) were a bit disappointing. Thankfully only the greens suffered today and the good company made up for it.
Tees: This may be the first time I saw the blue tees played today placed on hole 1 (15 feet from the starter's booth) on a downslope; odd choice. All other tee boxes were okay to good shape, and in far better positions.
Fairways: The best part of the course conditioning. They were a nice color green, had ample run and the turf was very nice to hit from. The contouring of the fairways was also fair, meaning there weren't insane mounds for trickery's sake.
Rough: Not too much to speak of as the native area is the real "rough" here. The traditional rough wasn't overly penal; it was wet and thick at times, but it didn't bury the ball nor was it unmanageable.
Sand: Was in a number of greenside bunkers and the sand in them was throwing more towards the fine brown beach sand than the pearl white stuff you may see at say Classic Club. Enough sand to hit out of and the consistency was pure enough, some bunkers were a bit wet but thankfully nothing deemed unplayable.
Greens: As mentioned, 3+ weeks out from punching (starter also mentioned they punched in June but it "didn't take as we hoped") and the greens are still nowhere near ready to be called ready. Some were better than others, but I can't remember a single one that was a standout either way. They ranged from a bit bumpy and a tad touchy on roll to slow and a bit puzzling. Either way it would be best to wait these out unless you are getting a Hot Deal or something.
ETC: First time here but even I could tell that they have changed things a bit around in the layout as at times the cart routing is rather insane, especially from the cart tent/pro shop in modular buildings to the range (watch yourself on the road). Staff was very friendly from the cart attendants to the starter, so a big plus there. Carts had nice color GPS with Bluetooth connectivity, coolers with lots of ice and two waters, and a working port to charge the old phone. Layout is nice with a few blind tee shots but the 18th hole left me a bit underwhelmed considering some of the holes I had played on the back 9 were far better; minor gripe. Overall, liked the course (curious what the pros thought when they played here as part of the Bob Hope rotation), but probably would play ShadowRidge or Classic Club instead.» Close
Visited Olivas links last minute yesterday on a 2:50 PM tee time ($30 walking rate). Two weeks out since last review and if possible course may even b... » More
Visited Olivas links last minute yesterday on a 2:50 PM tee time ($30 walking rate). Two weeks out since last review and if possible course may even be better now after the insane heat from that time died down and cooler temps prevailed early this week. Course is always in such good shape and you can’t beat the prices here.
Tees: Nothing noteworthy one way or the other; no flaws that were glaring, no tee box was perfect. Played the whites with my partners and they were more than adequate in every regard.
Fairways: Most of them were nice and semi-lush, often sparkling visually against the blue skies. The roll was more than fair and the lies were always good.
Rough: The traditional rough was penal at times, not so much green side. The ESA or native areas are just gross, best to just take your medicine in there.
Sand: Was only in one bubbler (fairway bunker on 4) and it was rather meh. It didn’t have a ton of sand and somehow had some wet sand in it. Other bunkers I saw were better conditioned.
Greens: The best part of the round; green, smooth, few divot marks, a pure joy to putt on. There were two greens on the back 9 that had sand on the collars and outer edges but they did not affect play. One green on the back 9 had also been punched recently as it had pockmarks everywhere, these did affect roll.
ETC: Staff was friendly but that’s to be expected here. Pace of play was an amazing 4 hours with little to no waiting! Carts available; basic with no GPS. Very walkable course. Large range and practice area was in use by a fair amount of people. Always a pleasure to come out here!» Close
Played here today (8/7) as the last of a 3 course visit to Monterey, playing alongside GK member Alex R. and his two friends. Had very high hopes comi... » More
Played here today (8/7) as the last of a 3 course visit to Monterey, playing alongside GK member Alex R. and his two friends. Had very high hopes coming in and as usual with courses on the Peninsula, I was not disappointed. Spyglass was as promised in every way, with even the weather working out (some sun, high 60’s, no wind). Some ocean holes, many forest in and outs, conditions were 10’s all around.
Tees: Played the whites and no issues here. Turf was soft enough to drive in the tees, par 3 holes were a tad chewed up but no more than expected. No issues here!
Fairways: Lush beautiful grass, similar to AstroTurf in its uniformity. Roll was fair, getting better as the day went on. Grass is cut in two directions (fairway views are phenomenal) so you know the line that divides them is dead center of fairway.
Rough: Grown out for an upcoming tournament, the stuff was gross. Grabbed your club hard and didn’t let go. Rough owns major property on this course!
Bunkers: 90% of the ones I was in were perfect; great soft sand. Some bunkers here are enormous, others slopes so badly you had to just take your medicine and lay up from the fairway.
Greens: Amazing. They rolled like glass; smooth and fast. Couldn’t tell you the stimp, but it was up there. Some breaks are dictated by the ocean outright, others are just wicked and pin placements today were deceptive and unfair.
ETC: Had a wonderful forecaddie (John) that helped tremendously! Course is C.P.O. so best to just walk it; hilly but doable. Staff was very friendly at all times. Saw cart attendant three times. Phone on 8 to call in your orders to the halfway house. Good grass range and chipping area. Course has everything you could want. Conditions are amazing right now.» Close
Played here today as “day 2” of a three day visit to the Monterey area, getting to play alongside GK member Kassper7 and two Pasatiempo members. Heard... » More
Played here today as “day 2” of a three day visit to the Monterey area, getting to play alongside GK member Kassper7 and two Pasatiempo members. Heard a lot of amazing things about this course and it exceeded them in just about every way. Pasatiempo recently held a statewide amateur championship and conditions were essentially perfect. The greens here are wicked; be warned they will humble even the best player.
Tee boxes: Only three real tee options (did see a “juniors” tee option mostly about 100 yards forward of the whites in most fairways) and we played the middle tees. They were in good shape considering most members seem to play here and most normal golfers should too. Don’t let the yardage fool you, it still plays long so don’t just head to the tips to feel like a stud. Conditions on 90% of tee boxes were near perfect.
Fairways: Another case of lush, forest green carpet on every single hole. Members do a great job of replacing/filling divots. Roll was more than fair. Lies were everything you could ask for. Another 9.5 rating.
Rough: Apt name because it was rough! Torrey-like and it was everywhere, under trees, next to the greens, miss a fairway and ye shall be punished.
Bunkers: Other courses take note, this is how bunkers are done. There’s enough sand on this course to make a man made island, but every bunker allowed you to try for a sand save. Amazingly saw a member bring his own rake!
Greens: The single greatest, most frustrating, deceptive, insane, mesmerizing, baffling, and pure greens I have ever seen. At times downhill putts were slow, other times you’d tap the ball and it would run forever. Held shots well, that is until you chipped from just off the green and it would end up under the hole 15 feet past. Big shout out to the greens on the back 9, specifically 16 and 18.
ETC: Course offered everything you could need; ample pro shop open for your needs, small but good range, great chipping area, food to go at the turn, good power carts with color GPS. Staff was friendly and helpful. At least one if not two marshals out and about. Course layout is fantastic, though holes often flank each other so accuracy is at a premium. This course really should get more love than it does, it’s comparable to every Monterey-area course and is only 45 minutes north. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a challenge.» Close
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